Reality MC and the Senior Year Experience
Reality MC is a three-day event on campus prior to the start of the spring semester. Seniors are asked to explore and investigate the transition skills they’ll need after graduation.
“This is a fun learning experience at a good time for our seniors. They’re just fresh from a semester break at home and hopefully getting a chance to relax and rejuvenate,” says Alana Albus, director of Muhlenberg’s Career Center. “It gives them a good start, a positive outlook. It helps them get themselves off the starting blocks to move into their last semester of their undergraduate academic career.”
The office of the Senior Year Experience and the Career Center work with a committee of Muhlenberg seniors to help determine programming for the weekend. They work through the fall semester to identify the workshops and opportunities that would best serve the needs of their peers, and they extend invitations to alumni and community members to speak to students on a variety of topics.
This year, students helped plan events ranging from workshops on how to strengthen your career, polish interview skills and negotiate with employers to steps on how to explore non-profit and volunteer work to managing finances, understanding their rights as a tenant, how to prepare for life in a large city, making the most of the first day of work and following your heart in a chosen career path. Alumni lead many of the sessions and participated in a networking event on Saturday evening in downtown Allentown.
“And through that process, every step of the way, we’re connecting them to alumni and friends of the college and professionals in this community that can help them either through internships or other opportunities to continue to develop those skills as they prepare to step into professional lives or graduate education.”
Students were challenged to become active participants in many of the sessions, including a cooking challenge on Friday evening that required several different stages of preparation for both the decor and the cuisine itself.
“There are valuable skills that are available to them by just engaging in the process of cooking a meal and by preparing a sequence of dishes - many of them have not had the opportunity to do that,” says Jenna Azar, Senior Year Experience and learning assistant program manager for the Career Center & Academic Resource Center. “It says, ‘This can be exciting; this can be fun. Nothing about your future is scary. You’re well prepared, and we will be here to support you.’
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